Three Olympians To Compete In CU Cherry Blossom Run
WASHINGTON (3/18/13)--U.S. Olympians Janet Cherebon-Bawcom, Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck will compete in the upcoming USA Women's 10-Mile Championship, presented by America's Credit Unions, which will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run in Washington, D.C. April 7.
On the men's side, last year's winner, Allan Kiprono, will return to defend his title, and will face 2012 runner-up Lani Kiplagat.
"The American women will be racing for both open and U.S. Championship prize money, with $14,400 specifically earmarked to be paid to the top 10 American women," said race director Phil Stewart.
De Reuck set the women's course record of 51:16 in 1998, when she competed on behalf of the Republic of South Africa. Kiprono set the men's course record last year in a time of 45:15, which was the fastest 10-mile time of the year and the fifth fastest of all time.
Cherebon-Bawcom was a finalist in the 10,000 meters for the U.S. in last summer's London Games. Rhines represented the U.S. in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and marathon in the Beijing, Sydney and Athens Olympics, respectively. De Reuck competed for the U.S. in the marathon in Athens, after representing South Africa in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.
Credit Union Miracle Day, the sponsor group of a family of races, in cooperation with the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, secured the naming rights for the championship run. The championship name will say it is Presented by America's Credit Unions (News Now Feb. 20).
More than 26,000 runners submitted applications to participate in the 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K.
Since 2002, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K have raised more than $5.5 million for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids.